Salary: $36,561 - $51,198
Title: Lead Groundskeeper
Category: Campus Operations and Facilities
Department: Plant Services
Date Posted: 01/17/2018
Position Information: The Lead Groundskeeper leads, guides and performs a variety of landscaping and grounds maintenance tasks to care, maintain and preserve the plants, shrubs, trees, hedges, flowers and lawns on hard and soft landscape of the campus grounds. Oversees critical day-to-day operations in supervisor's absence; acts as a subject matter expert and provides leadership to team members. Maintains a positive attitude and communicates effectively with colleagues, supervisors, staff, faculty and students. Responsible to mow, edge, trim, prune, rake, remove weeds and/or dead trees/roots, fertilize, and plant flowers, shrubbery or trees maintaining lawns, fields and flower beds. Water various grounds areas by hand or manual operation of the irrigation system; perform minor repairs of the irrigation system by replacing sprinkler heads, risers, broken lines, valves, timers or controllers. Vacuum, pressure wash, sweep or blow down hard surfaces; install, repair and maintain the hard surface areas such as walkways, roadways, pavers and stepping stones. Services and repairs landscape equipment and tools. Assists with the integrated pest management program (IPM): control and eradication of insects, rodents and weeds. During times of operational need may perform other landscaping and refuse duties as assigned, or assist with event set-up/clean-up. May work independently or as a part of a team in assigned work areas.
Facilities Services is one of the largest departments at UC Riverside employing nearly 400 career employees. Facilities Services provides exceptional service in maintaining an environment conducive of teaching, learning, living, working and research for the entire campus community. The department maintains buildings, facilities and landscape totaling over 6 million square feet across 1,350 acres of campus. We are a team of service oriented professionals focused on exceptional client engagement, continuous improvement and development opportunities.
**UC Riverside career employees who have passed their probationary period will receive priority consideration for this position. If a qualified pool of internal candidates is not identified, qualified external candidates may be considered at the discretion of the hiring department.**
Work schedule: Thursday through Monday, 4:30 AM - 1:00 PM.
Minimum Requirements: Two years of experience in grounds maintenance or landscaping; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, skill and ability to safely use and maintain landscaping hand and power tools/equipment, such as mowers (including riding mowers, self-propelled and push mowers), edgers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, power blowers, vacuum, rototillers, saws, clippers, seed and fertilize spreaders, and high pressure washers. Skill, knowledge and ability in using mechanical tools required to maintain all landscaping related equipment such as hand wrenches, gas/oil mixing and hand files.
Ability to read write and communicate effectively in the English language with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to work effectively; following through on assignments with minimal direction and fluctuating workload.
Experience using irrigation systems.
Physical requirements: ability to perform heavy/physically demanding tasks which require pushing, pulling, walking, standing, reaching, bending, twisting, stooping, kneeling, squatting, stretching, reaching above shoulder level and lifting up to 75 pounds. Ability to safely work from ladders up to eighteen feet high and on the roofs of buildings up to four stories high. Ability to work with all hand and power tools or equipment common to the landscaping trade that require constant pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching from ground level to overhead.
Environmental requirements: ability to work for prolonged periods of time in conditions with excessive noise requiring ear and eye protection from equipment, chain saws, power mowers, edgers, blowers, vacuums, and hedge trimmers. Ability to safely work around moving machinery and equipment. Ability to work for extended periods of time in extreme inclement weather conditions ranging from high heat with humidity, to freezing and rainy conditions. Ability to work in wet, malodorous and dusty conditions due to plant pollens, grass, tree and shrub clippings, fertilizers, animal droppings and fumes due to gas powered engines.
Hired candidate must pass a background check through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI; must obtain or possess a valid CA Driver License in accordance with California Department of Motor Vehicles; must participate in the campus DMV pull; and successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience and skill prioritizing work orders, routine work, emergency requests, combined with the knowledge to choose the proper materials and equipment to accomplish the work in the most expeditious and safe manner.
One year of experience leading, guiding and/or supervising a team.
Skilled experience with concrete and asphalt installation and repair.
Willingness and ability to work scheduled, unscheduled and emergency overtime.
Basic knowledge in safe and proper procedures when hazardous materials are suspected; knowledge of safe and proper methods to clean up and dispose of biohazards and chemicals such as rodent droppings, vomit, blood, raw sewage or chemicals.
Experience working with a diverse student, staff, faculty and visitor population and ability to provide exemplary customer service.
Knowledge of UCR/UC policies, procedures and systems.
Additional Information: In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities'air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.
UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.
- Washington Monthly (August 2016) ranked UC Riverside 12th in the nation in its annual University and College Survey. \
- Education Trust placed UC Riverside 9th in the nation for closing the graduation gap between black and white students by 1.7 percentage points.
- In QS World University Rankings 2016/2017, UC Riverside's Department of Philosophy is #1 in the world for the frequency with which published papers are cited by other philosophers.
- U.S. News and World Report Survey (September 2016) ranked UC Riverside 118th overall; earns "Great Schools, Great Prices."
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2016) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 to 200 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."
- U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (2016) including:
- Graduate School of Education - 62nd among ranked schools
- Bourns College of Engineering - 71st among ranked schools
For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview